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Primary energy consumption in Italy
In Italy, primary energy consumption has shown a growing trend up to 2005 (with a 6.4% increase from 2000 to 2005). In that year consumption reached its highest level, equal to 197,776 ktep. From 2005, a constant decrease in consumption has been observed, and it does not seem to stop. In 2009, a very significant drop in consumption, equal to -5.7% compared to 2008, was observed, which was mainly due to the economic crisis that hit the industrialised countries, strongly influencing the energy sector. The economic and financial crisis which began in July 2007 in the United States subsequently affected the whole world and in particular the industrialized countries, starting from October 2008. After a mild increase in energy consumption in 2010 (equal to + 2.7% compared to 2009), due to the anti-crisis policies that were adopted, and which favoured an economic recovery, starting from 2011, there has been a new decrease in the primary consumption of energy: with regard to energy consumption, in 2014, Italy returned to the values of the start of the 90s.
Source: Bilancio Energetico Nazionale – Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico